400th Anniversary of Thanksgiving celebrated at Mt. Hope Farm

History is replete with many stories about the first Thanksgiving … some truth, some myth. One fact that is verifiable is that there is a close tie between the Pokanoket Tribe, which has occupied Mount Hope lands for 10,000 years, and the first harvest celebrated by the colonists in Plymouth, MA. Mt. Hope Farm offered a free day of events for over 800 members of the public on November 7, 2021. Click here for a nine-minute video of the event and here for the Channel 12 coverage.

Channel 12 host Kate Walsh interviews Pokanoket Chief Po Pummukoank Anogqs (Dancing Star) while three women from the Tribe get something to eat.

Visitors were able to learn more about the first residents of Mount Hope lands from members of the Pokanoket Tribe, visit a real Native American wetu and participate in cooking demonstrations, basket weaving and crafts, discussion of herbal medicines and listen to Native American drummers 

(Above) Mrs. Katz and Her Hats came from Bristol’s Rogers Free Library to read Thanksgiving stories and to make related crafts in Cove Cabin. The Friends of the Library were a major funder of the event.

Pokanoket Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug (William Guy), the tenth generation descendant of the Massasoit Osamequin, spoke about the history of his people at the Seat of Metacomet after Harry Hawk and Lee Braveheart Edmonds deliver a tobacco prayer in their native language. Click here for a 24-minute video.